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Fetzima is available by prescription only to treat adults with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).
Fetzima is classified as a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI).
Fetzima is available in 20 mg, 40 mg, 80 mg, and 120 mg extended-release capsules for oral use.
Take Fetzima exactly as your doctor has prescribed. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
The recommended starting Fetzima dosage is 20 mg by mouth one time a day for two days, and then increase to 40 mg by mouth one time a day.
The doctor may adjust the dose, up to a maximum of 120 mg once daily, depending on tolerance and response to the medication.
Patients with kidney problems may need a lower dose.
Each Fetzima capsule contains levomilnacipran hydrochloride (HCl). Inactive ingredients include ethylcellulose, hypromellose, povidone, sugar spheres, talc, titanium dioxide, triethyl citrate, black iron oxide, red iron oxide (80 mg and 120 mg capsules), shellac glaze, and yellow iron oxide (20 mg and 40 mg capsules).
Patients who are allergic to levomilnacipran, milnacipran HCl, or to any of the ingredients in Fetzima should not take the medication.
Patients should not take MAOIs for psychiatric disorders with Fetzima or within seven days of stopping Fetzima.
Patients should not take Fetzima within 14 days of stopping an MAOI for psychiatric disorders.
Patients should not take Fetzima with linezolid or methylene blue.
Fetzima has an FDA Boxed Warning about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. Patients should be closely monitored while taking Fetzima and treated for clinical worsening or emergence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Fetzima is not approved for pediatric use.
Nausea, constipation, excessive sweating, rapid heart rate, erectile dysfunction, vomiting, and palpitations are some side effects that can occur with Fetzima medication. However, these are not the only side effects that can occur. Contact your doctor immediately if you have side effects that bother you or persist.
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Fetzima. Madison, NJ: Allergan USA, Inc.; 2021.